UNO Forensics scored an impressive second place finish, and two Mavericks were crowned champions at the annual Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association (NIFA) state tournament Feb. 14-15.
Matt Eledge, Abby Syrek and Buey Ruet
UNO jumped one spot from its place the last two years in the Individual Event team sweepstakes by defeating Doane College. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln squad, which has more members, again won first place.
Matt Eledge was the state champion in Program of Oral Interpretation. He also placed 2nd in Duo with Cameron Logsdon and 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation. Eledge placed 3rd in overall individual Quadrathon (the top-speaker award).
Cameron Logsdon “broke” all five of his events to final rounds, which is a tremendous accomplishment. He placed 3rd in Poetry, 2nd in Duo with Eledge, 4th in Duo with Iven Mendoza, 4th in Dramatic Interpretation and 5th in Prose.
Mendoza placed 2nd in Poetry, 2nd in Program of Oral Interpretation, and 4th in Duo with Logsdon.
Laurie Welch placed 3rd in Communication Analysis. Tessie Stednitz placed 5th in Program of Oral Interpretation.
Buey Ruet was the Champion of Oratory for the 3rd consecutive year. This qualifies him to compete at Interstate Oratory as one of two representatives from the state of Nebraska – the other finalist Alia Mohsen from Hastings College. Interstate Oratory is the oldest public speaking competition in the nation and will be held at the University of Mississippi in April.